Caustic soda
Caustic Caus"tic, Caustical Caus"tic*al, a. [L. caustucs, Ge. ?, fr. ? to burn. Cf. {Calm}, {Ink}.] 1. Capable of destroying the texture of anything or eating away its substance by chemical action; burning; corrosive; searing. [1913 Webster]

2. Severe; satirical; sharp; as, a caustic remark. [1913 Webster]

{Caustic curve} (Optics), a curve to which the ray of light, reflected or refracted by another curve, are tangents, the reflecting or refracting curve and the luminous point being in one plane.

{Caustic lime}. See under {Lime}.

{Caustic potash}, {Caustic soda} (Chem.), the solid hydroxides potash, {KOH}, and soda, {NaOH}, or solutions of the same.

{Caustic silver}, nitrate of silver, lunar caustic.

{Caustic surface} (Optics), a surface to which rays reflected or refracted by another surface are tangents. Caustic curves and surfaces are called catacaustic when formed by reflection, and diacaustic when formed by refraction.

Syn: Stinging; cutting; pungent; searching. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • caustic soda — n. SODIUM HYDROXIDE * * * Sodium hydroxide (NaOH), an inorganic compound. The alkalies called caustic soda and caustic potash (potassium hydroxide) are very important industrial chemicals, with uses in the manufacture of soaps, glass, and… …   Universalium

  • Caustic soda — Soda So da, n. [It., soda, in OIt., ashes used in making glass, fr. L. solida, fem. of solidus solid; solida having probably been a name of glasswort. See {Solid}.] 1. (Chem.) (a) Sodium oxide or hydroxide. (b) Popularly, sodium carbonate or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • caustic soda — n SODIUM HYDROXIDE * * * see sodium hydroxide * * * sodium hydroxide …   Medical dictionary

  • caustic soda — ► NOUN ▪ sodium hydroxide …   English terms dictionary

  • caustic soda — n. SODIUM HYDROXIDE …   English World dictionary

  • caustic soda — noun a strongly alkaline caustic used in manufacturing soap and paper and aluminum and various sodium compounds • Syn: ↑sodium hydroxide • Hypernyms: ↑hydroxide, ↑hydrated oxide, ↑lye * * * noun [noncount] chiefly Brit : ↑lye * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • caustic soda — Sodium So di*um, n. [NL., fr.E. soda.] (Chem.) A common metallic element of the alkali group, in nature always occuring combined, as in common salt, in albite, etc. It is isolated as a soft, waxy, white, unstable metal, so highly reactive that it …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • caustic soda — natrio hidroksidas statusas T sritis chemija formulė NaOH atitikmenys: angl. caustic soda; sodium hydroxide rus. каустик; каустическая сода; натрий едкий; натрия гидроксид ryšiai: sinonimas – natrio šarmas sinonimas – kaustinė soda …   Chemijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • caustic soda — N UNCOUNT Caustic soda is a powerful chemical substance used to make strong soaps and clean drains …   English dictionary

  • caustic soda — noun Date: 1796 sodium hydroxide …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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